Family getaway: Westerdam Cruise Review by starbridge
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Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Cabin layout was very nice with ample storage and comfortable furnishments. Balconies were spacious with the requisite "wicker" chairs and ottomans. Cabin bathroom was roomy with an enclosed shower stall and separate jetted tub. Elemis amenities were fairly standard soaps, lotions and shampoos. Standard cabin toilet. Good counter space and sink within the space. Adequate lighting. Hotel towel service. Entertainment throughout the vessel was very good. Joel Mason (Elton John tribute), Leo Ward (Illusionist) and the Adagio Strings (string quartet) were favorites of ours.
Shore excursions: 1) Half Moon Cay - frequently voted the "Best Private Island" by several cruise publications and deservedly so. You can be as active as you like or do nothing at all. Never feeling crowded no matter what you do or don't do. Something for everybody. Really a special place. 2) Grand Turk - extensive hurricane damage remains throughout the island. The "Cruise Center" is up and running with shops and Margaritaville. The island will be under restoration for quite some time to "get back on it's feet". 3) Grand Cayman - shop till you drop at this stop! 4) Costa Maya, Mexico - another area completely devastated by hurricane. The "Cruise Center" is fully functional, but beyond that not much to see or do. Uvero beach "resort" is about a 40 minute bus ride from the pier.
In a nutshell, the Westerdam is a gracious newer vessel (5 years young) that is endowed with one of the finest crews afloat. It is all about service in the cruise industry and the Westerdam excels in all aspects of personal service. If you come back disappointed, it is your fault. This current crew is exemplary. Less